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    dead wii external hard drive?

    hi guys,

    I loaded my games to an external hard drive with wbfs manager, and plugged it through the wii. Works good with both neogamma and usb loader gx. However, recently, the wii no longer recognizes it.

    When i plugged it into the computer to check, the external hard drive is not recognize anymore. I check disk management, but it does not show up. Usually when i plugged it in, the computer would ask if i want to format it ( i always say no), but this time it doesn't say anything.

    The external hard drive got killed by the wii system or something, that it no longer is able to be detected by the wii or by my PC or MAC. Any advices on how to fix this? Preciate it.


    Thanks.

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    External hard drives/USB's die after a while.
    which kind do you have?
    i heard of some companies HDD that die out after a year or so

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    the company is hitachi.

    my bro handed it to me. I believe the hard drive used to be from a computer, he bought an an sata enclosure and attached it.

    when i plug it in, the computer makes the sound (when u connect something) meaning it detects it. is it because it is in wbfs format that it does not entirely show up at all. perhaps i didn't partition it right or didn't even partition it at all. big mistake huh.
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    My WBFS partition shows up in disk management using both XP and Vista. If you were running games off of it already, then you partitioned it correctly.

    It could be either the drive or the enclosure. Can you remove the drive and install it into your computer? At least that would prove which it is. I had a laptop enclosure go bad on me recently with your exact symptoms.

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    I checked and for sure know it's not the enclosure. I used another drive to hook up to the enclosure and it recognizes the drive. So my best guess is something about the hitachi hdd is messed up.

    I know my computer detects it cause it makes that sound, i just don't understand why it doesn't show up on the pc or mac.

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    Hitachi Drive Fitness Test

    Try running the Hitachi Drive Fitness Test in this link. I have had some luck using this program on suspect drives. If that doesn't work after all you've done, then I think the drive is toast.

    Support - Downloads and Utilities

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    Hard drives die sometimes. Sounds like yours is dead. Since you tested the enclosure and it works, there is very little you can do for it. You could try to install it into your box, but it will likely give you the same result.

    Time for a new one.
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    HDD and wii's

    OK I have had 2 USB hard drivers both newish and both working find, using it in the we after a day as killed a one hard drive and now it looks like I could be willing the next one, My DVD drive is on its way out this is the only reason I use the HDD, the games I have on it are ones I own, I am really upset as it killed a 250HD and now its having a go at the spare 80, the drives was not pluged in at the same time, it does sould like read errors to me and it only started happing once using the drives on the wii.

    My wee is a Version One anyone else seen this problem? Sorry for also bumping a Old post but this fits in right with what as happened to me.

    Stock Wii 4.1e
    ISO249 Rev 17 from Neo, Standard patched ISO's from USB Lancher GX and uLancher

    Any ideas or fixs for this before it kills another drive.

    My 250 GIG is foobared now as the reading arm seems to have gotten stuck.
    Games are working but the cloncking is getting worse by the mini and you can
    hear its strugaling and even sometimes crashing now where it did not at first.

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    Try to delete the partition and format it to fat32, install ciosx -r20 base 57, then copy the game to the drive a wbfs files.
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    Could you tell me little more about this ciosx -r20 base 57, and what do you mean copy the games as wbfs one is a partion table type so how can I make a game that type? is there a bug with the USB and WBFS?

    Also little more to report the HDD dose not have any problems until you leave the game and re-enter the Loader uLoader and GX do the same things do from what I am able to see its for some reason finding it hard to left go of older info, I am intrested in how to do this in fat32 but another problem is my laptop wont let my drive be in fat32 it will only let it be ntfs or exfat.

    And how would i get the games in to this format ? I copy most of the games from the wii its self, like I said I own the games, just the drive is becomin stupid after long use so I am been careful and I like my games to be scratch free so this is another reason I use the HDD and another is its less clutter around the wii and the games run alot faster or smother from the HDD then the DVD.

    More detail would be nice from your post if possible.

    Thanks for the reply so far, hope to hear from you.

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